May. 12th, 2010

Rapier Superlight: Custom-built Sports Car Made in USA Debuts

Luxury Cars: Look at those gull-winged doors! This sharp super sports car is the Rapier Superlight by Rapier Automotive. It is a heavyweight performer with a lightweight frame that has performance figures that aligns it favorably with the world’s most elite super sports cars.

It’s light on its tires with a curb weight of just 2,375 pounds, making it nearly 1,000 pounds lighter than a Corvette ZR-1. Speaking of the Corvette, the Rapier Superlight is powered by one of three Chevrolet-derived engine options and features a Ricardo six-speed manual transmission. With the 7.0 liter LS7 engine, the Rapier Superlight does a quarter mile in 10.6 seconds and has a top speed of 222 mph. Its zero-to-60-mph stat in 3.2 seconds is flabbergasting.

Many of the Superlight’s dimensions are sized according to its buyer, including the size of seat, the floor level, headroom clearance, the steering wheel, and the positioning of the pedals.

Just like a baby, it takes nine months from order date to deliver a custom-built mid-engine Rapier Superlight from the Boston-based carmaker. Pricing on the custom-built super sports car begins at $179,000.

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